Episodes

May 7, 2022

Tyson Batino: Serial Entrepreneur & Small Business Advisor

Serial entrepreneur Tyson Batino, founder of three businesses in Japan including the successful English school chain One Coin Eng…

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April 23, 2022

Yuko Tamura: "Rebellious" Writer and Editor of Japonica

If you are a regular listener to Now and Zen, you'll know many of my fascinating guests are non-Japanese living in Japan. So it's…

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April 7, 2022

Frank Packard: Alternative Investment Specialist

This episode I step outside my comfort zone and talk about investing with Alternative Investment Specialist Frank Packard. Speci…

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March 24, 2022

Nikhil Gupte: Managing Dir. Barilla Japan. Expanding Italian Pasta in…

A very entertaining conversation all about the Italian pasta business in Japan. This episode you meet Nikhil Gupte the Managing …

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March 10, 2022

David Clement: Corporate entrepreneur. Stories from 22 years of selli…

I thought it might be a challenge to interview my old friend David Clement. After-all we both grew up in the same small town and …

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Feb. 27, 2022

Ugo Bataillard: Food & Beverage Consulting & Innovation CEO

Fascinating innovations are happening in the food & beverage industry around the world and Ugo Bataillard is introducing them to …

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Feb. 8, 2022

Cynthia Usui: From part-timer to Country Manager of LOF Hotels in les…

Cynthia Usui becomes the 1st ever return guest to the podcast. Less than a year ago, Cynthia was surviving as a part-time superma…

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Jan. 23, 2022

Ed Thompson: Marketing Consultant and Educator

Now and Zen Japan welcomes Mr. Ed Thompson, a Marketing Consultant and the founder of Concept Design. This episode we share beers…

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Jan. 9, 2022

Evan Burkosky: Digital Transformation Evangelist

This episode is an entertaining and simulating conversation with a forward-thinking, self-described "Evangelist" for for Digital…

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Dec. 23, 2021

Yukie Kito: Award Winning Film Producer

This episode I have an entertaining conversation with an old friend of mine. Yukie Kito is an award winning movie producer with o…

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Dec. 10, 2021

Mats Lindstrom: Ducati Motorcycles President Japan

It's time to get your motor running and head out to the highway. This episode I speak with the president of Ducati Japan Mr. Mats…

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Nov. 23, 2021

Karen Hill Anton: Author, The View from Breast Pocket Mountain

This episode we are treated to a wonderful conversation with an amazing woman who continues to have a fascinating life. Karen Hi…

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Nov. 7, 2021

Mac Salman: Discovering the World of Japanese Adult Beverages and Cus…

The phrase "Do what you love and you never have to work another day in your life" fits Mac Salman perfectly. Mac left the finance…

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Oct. 24, 2021

Meshida: Japanese Stand-Up Comedian

Meshida is an ex-Japanese salaryman turned English language standup comedian. For the past eight years Meshida has been performin…

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Oct. 6, 2021

Kaki Okumura: Japanese Principles to Live a Longer & Happier Life

This conversation is one of the most amazing I've had since starting Now and Zen Japan. This episode could certainly change your …

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Sept. 25, 2021

Anthony Griffin: Global Communications Entrepreneur

It's a real feel-good conversation with uber positive and incredibly humble entrepreneur Anthony Griffin. He is the founder of S…

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Sept. 9, 2021

Don Bunkenburg: Taking the Lufthansa Group in Japan to new heights

We all miss traveling, and this episode I get to speak with long-time, airline professional, Don Bunkenburg. Don is the Senior D…

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Aug. 22, 2021

Frank Foley: Japan's "Next Big Thing"

Frank Foley is a charismatic 30-year Japan professional with a deep understanding of character licensing, content marketing, and…

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Aug. 9, 2021

Robert Whiting Part 2: "Tokyo Junkie" Baseball Stories and more

Part 2 of my interview with author Robert Whiting about his recent best selling memoir "Tokyo Junkie" 60 years of bright lights, …

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July 24, 2021

Robert Whiting: "Tokyo Junkie" 60 Years of Bright Lights, Back Alleys…

I have been a big fan of Robert Whiting ever since I read "Chrysanthemum and the Bat" back in high school in the 1980's. Numerous…

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July 10, 2021

Andrew Hankinson: Leadership in Japan and stories from a 30-year Japa…

This episode is #40, and the content is a little different from the past 39 episodes in that today's guest is . . . myself. It…

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June 23, 2021

Alex Debs: Luxury Travel Designer

Have you ever dreamed of an ultimate luxury vacation in Japan? If so, then Alex Debs is your man. He is the founder of Hitotoki,…

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June 6, 2021

Parissa Haghirian: Japanese Management Expert

Parissa Haghirian is an internationally renowned expert on Japanese Management and Leadership and a Professor of International Ma…

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May 25, 2021

Paul Kraft: Gummy Bear President Japan

Everything you ever wanted to know about the grocery & convenience store business in Japan with Haribo Japan President, Paul Craf…

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